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Josh Carterer The Heart of Christmas

There may not be a more distinctive voice in Chicago music history than that of Josh Carterer of The Smoking Popes. This Christmas Josh has released a new solo album filled Christmas songs. When I say solo, I mean he sang all vocals, and played all instruments on the project – including, but not limited to, drums, guitar, keyboard, tambourine, shakers, hand claps, foot stomps and even 2x4s. The album, The Heart of Christmas, was released on November 22nd and Josh has been touring singing his carols since that time.

MP3: Josh Carterer "The Heart of Christmas"

He returns home tomorrow, Dec. 14th, for a show at Schubas with Scott Lucas and Rainbow Rhythms.

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Archie Powell & The Exports on Chic-A-Go-Go

Check out Archie Powell & The Exports on Chic-A-Go-Go and the show prepares for 2012.

The band is taking part is a great event this Friday, December 16th, at The Beat Kitchen. Noise For Toys is a rock n roll charity event featuring State and Madison, Archie Powell & The Exports, The Noise FM and The Scissors. Bring a packaged, unwrapped toy to be donated to the US Marine Corp Reserve “Toys For Tots” charity and receive half off the price of admission. Tickets are $10 or $5 with a unwrapped toy. Check out the Noise For Toys trailer here.

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Ami Saraiya and The Outcome

Tomorrow, on Dec. 13th, Grape Juice Records will be releasing the new 7" ep from Ami Saraiya and The Outcome. Ami has been making and recording music for years, but this is her official follow-up to her 2009 debut Archaeologist. The addition of The Outcome, hich includes Ben Gray (Mucca Pazza) on drums, Marc Piane on upright bass, Ronnie Kuller (Mucca Pazza) on violin, Gary Kalar on the electric guitar (Mucca Pazza) and Shirley Caen Rogiers and Courtney Glascoe on vocals, has brought a fullness to Ami's sound.

MP3: "Cattle Prod Hands" by Ami Saraiya & The Outcome

You can catch Ami Saraiya & The Outcome at Saki for the record release and Christmas Mansion Holiday Party on December 17th at 8pm. It is a free show.

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Andrew Bird "Break It Yourself"

Mom + Pop Records announced this week that the next Andrew Bird album with be released on March 6th and will be called Break It Yourself.

Bird also announced his 2012 US tour dates and is offering the following to anyone who purchases a ticket any of the shows. You will receive a copy of Bird's EP Fake Conversations which is a live ep from his October 2011 tour, a digital download of Break It Yourself at midnight on March 6th, and five-song souvenir live ep from the Break It Yourself tour coming in Spring 2012. The tour includes a a Chicago date on May 12th at Auditorium Theater

Andrew Bird will be performing two shows at MoCA Chicago on 12/21 and 12/22.

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Bailiff on Audiotree

Bailiff recorded a session with Audiotree on Nov. 29th, and here is the track "Little by Little" from that session. You can watch their full session here. The track comes from their 2011 release Red Balloon which can be stream and purchased here.

You can catch Bailiff tonight, Dec. 9th, at Subt with Young Buffalo and Distractions.

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